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The Loot

Charlie McCabe Thriller, Book 1
Narrated by: Susannah Jones
Series: Charlie McCabe Thriller, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
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Summary

She fought for her country. Now she’s fighting for her family.

When Sergeant Charlie McCabe returns from fighting in Afghanistan, she hopes to leave the war behind. Instead, she comes home to a father whose gambling has put him in deep trouble with a violent loan shark. She finds work as a professional bodyguard, but to save her father, she needs to get serious cash together fast.

However, her father isn’t the only one who needs saving. When Charlie’s first client - a wealthy executive with a shady past - narrowly escapes a bomb plot, Charlie’s investigation leads her into the heart of Boston’s criminal underworld. Along the way, she stumbles upon clues about a diamond heist gone wrong that’s been unsolved for decades.

With the clock ticking and chaos descending, Charlie sees a solution to both problems, but it won’t be easy, and it won’t be pretty. A “normal” life may await Charlie on the other side of this mess, but part of her knows that the battle has just begun.

©2019 Craig Schaefer (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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can't wait to read the next book

loved this book, kept me turning the pages from start to finish. I wonder what the next adventure will be.

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Action packed

This will be one of my top three books. It’s full of believable characters, action thrills and dilemmas that add up to a thoroughly enjoyable ‘read’. It has the added bonus of the excellent Susannah Jones narrating it. Fantastic ....please record the rest of the series as soon as possible

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  • shelley
  • 04-08-19

Excellent first in a series... GREAT FIND!

I really enjoyed THE LOOT by Craig Schaefer. I've never listened to anything by this author before but will be looking at his previous books now. The publisher gives a pretty comprehensive summary and to add to it would only provide spoilers. The book is fast paced. Plenty of action, ammunition, hand to hand and strategizing. Susannah Jones does an excellent job narrating. If you have kindle unlimited this book is FREE to borrow with the kindle edition. If you found this review helpful please indicate so. Thank You.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-08-19

All hail the Goddess of Superior Firepower

I'm a big Schaefer fan, and this is another great read. I sucked it down in one sitting, and it made for an extremely enjoyable experience. I love that Charlie, Beckett, and Dom aren't bound by the constraints of the law, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching them use their resources to not only get the job done, but to do so in a way that feels oh-so satisfying. Susannah Jones is one of my absolute favorite voices to have in my head. She's one of the few narrators I'd follow to an unknown book. All in all, an extremely enjoyable listening experience. Highly recommended.

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  • William
  • 10-08-19

Really good Kindle Unlimited book

Lately it's been a struggle to find any thing worth using my audible credits on. This mystery had a good story, good narration and an interesting female heroine. Plus it's free with Kindle Unlimited.

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  • Wayne
  • 06-08-19

Terrific suspense thriller!

Author Craig Schaefer has been writing paranormal thrillers for many years. Those novels do not appeal to me. THE LOOT is his first non-paranormal novel and it is a big winner. It is also the first novel in the Charlie McCabe series. Schaefer is a very accomplished author who has written a very polished suspense thriller. I look forward to the second novel in the series. In this novel Charlie McCabe leaves the US Army to return home. She finds an interesting job that gets her into real trouble. Susannah Jones does a great job narrating.

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  • Mystery Fan
  • 15-12-19

Ok

Good action but cliche characters. Stoic black guy. Heart of gold side kick and minor annoying villain that gets in the way of the real plot.

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  • alicia grinavic
  • 23-08-19

awesomeness!

great all the way through! All of the characters were intersting. Charlie McCabe is now my new favorite hero ☺️

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  • Lannie
  • 14-08-19

Goddess of Superior Fire Power meets Muse of Action Thriller

Great story, believable characters, and pitch perfect narration. Recommended for fans of Craig Schaeffer and well written novels of any stripe that includes good guys, bad guys, and a palpable sense of place.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-08-19

Excellent listen Excellent block

Amazing !!! Well written looking forward to the next. I will definitely be following this author.

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  • Lukasz
  • 02-09-20

Great

As a die-hard Schaefer fan, I’ll buy and read anything he writes. It’s good he writes in the genres I adore as a reader. The Loot is his first thriller novel. Having read all of Craig’s previous titles, I knew what to expect - an intoxicating flood of action, personal drama, and suspense. No supernatural elements this time, though. Charlie (Charlene) McCabe is a leading character that you might recognize–a retired and worn soldier who hopes to leave the war behind. Unfortunately, her father’s gambling habit put him in deep trouble. Charlie wants to help him, but she needs serious cash to pay his debts before the violent loan shark teaches him a lesson. Because retired EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Technicians aren’t highly sought after in the labor market, she accepts a job as a professional bodyguard. When her client’s deadly secrets come to light, things go sideways, but there may be the long-lost loot to take away. I loved the pacing of the story and its focus on the personal. Charlene no longer fights for the country, but she does for her family. I prefer smaller scale narratives so I loved her determination to save her father from himself and dangerous bookie while simultaneously trying to explain the attempted murder mystery. In terms of character development, Charlie is compelling in her own right, with her own personal demons that color many of the scenes. Her troubled relationship with her father gives readers even more insight into her mental space. She may be willing to dip her fingers outside of the boundaries of the law, but she’s one of the good guys. Some motivation behind the antagonists of this story seems a bit trite, as do their tactics. On the whole, though, the characters are well developed, with backstories and moments of introspection that make them memorable. I especially enjoyed stoic Beckett who may (or may not) have a lethal past. The Loot is a gripping thriller, and possibly a beginning of the exciting series with Charlie McCabe leading the charge. I can’t wait to read the sequel.

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  • Book Bug!
  • 11-08-20

Great book

Charlie returns from her tour in Afghanistan not knowing where she fits in without the demands of fighting a war. She is introduced to a band of like minded people who have the same skill set she does that work private security. These mercenaries have a lot ahead of them, and so does Charlie! She brings a lot to the people who now are her comrades, let the action begin!